Sustainable Denim: Itema brought at Denim Première Vision iSAVER

Itema, a leading manufacturer of advanced weaving solutions, exhibited eat Denim Première Vision (Milan, Superstudio Più, on October 13 and 14, 2021, Booth F6) the mechatronic device iSAVER® that, unique in the sector, allows to denim weavers to save up tp 1000 Kg of cotton per loom per year thus avoiding to waste circa 20 million of litres of water. An innovation 100% made-in-Italy, iSAVER® is already present in the biggest denim weaving mills in China, Vietnam, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and South America.

Denim is one of the most popular fabrics in the world, with 3.5 billion garments produced every year. The denim manufacturing process, which absorbs about 35% of world cotton production and moves a global market that reached 21.8 billion dollars in 2020, has a strong environmental impact. In fact, it is estimated that 3,800 liters of water and 18.3 kWh of electricity are needed to make a single pair of jeans, generating emissions of 33.4 kg of CO2 during the entire life cycle of the product1.

“The entire textile supply chain is constantly looking for ideas and solutions, to improve the sustainability of production processes, by innovating technologies and processing systems to reduce waste, water and electricity consumption “, stated Ugo Ghilardi, CEO Itema Group. “With iSAVER® we have brought an excellent solution to the market, which makes the difference because it allows denim weavers and fashion brands to offer a finished product with a much lower ecological footprint. We are the only textile machinery manufacturer to participate as an exhibitor at Denim Première Vision precisely by virtue of the uniqueness of our technology and the contribution it makes to the production of sustainable denim”.

Note 1 Data Source Ellen MacArthur Foundation

iSAVER® eliminates the waste selvedge on the fabric left-hand side by inserting the weft without the need of additional yarns, thus significantly reducing raw materials and water wastage. The device has been designed and developed by Itemalab®, the Itema Group company dedicated to product and process innovation for the whole industrial sector. Located inside the Kilometro Rosso Innovation District in Bergamo, the company employs around 70 engineers and specialists.

Itema is a leading global provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services. The Company is the only manufacturer in the world to provide the top three weft insertion technologies: rapier, air jet and projectile, with an ample product portfolio and a commitment to continuous innovation and technological advancement of its weaving machines. Itema

owns majority shares in Lamilflex, a leading company in the production of finished products in composite materials, and in Schoch, a company active in the supply of accessories for the textile industry.

60% of Itema belongs to the heirs of Gianni Radici (the siblings Angelo, Maurizio, Paolo, Maria Grazia and Bruna Radici). The remainder is controlled by the Arizzi and Torri families.

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Born from the desire of Itema Group to create an incubator of advanced innovation and dedicate a pool of specialists to the development of avant-garde weaving solutions, Itemalab® was inaugurated in May 2014 at the Kilometro Rosso Innovation District in Bergamo, chosen as site precisely because of its vocation as a place of exchange and contamination of ideas and projects among realities of excellence in the industrial, IT and academic fields. Over the last few years, Itemalab® has developed important innovations which, in addition to bringing significant added value for weavers all over the world, established new performance benchmarks for the entire sector. From 2021 Itemalab® redefines its boundaries, expanding its perspectives and widening the field of action thanks to the twin divisions Textile and Industrial.

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